MOCKERY AS A SYMPTOM
Jul 17, 2006 09:51 AM
According to an old Arab proverb,
“A prudent man does not listen to a mockery without seeing some useful lesson in it; whereas a fool, upon hearing a wise thought, turns it into a mockery.” (1)
In ancient China, Confucius taught:
“The man of noble mind holds three things in awe. He holds the Divine Will in awe; he holds the great in awe; and he holds the precepts of the sages in awe. The baser man, not knowing the Divine Will, does not stand in awe of it; he takes liberties with the great; and makes a mock of the precepts of the sages.” (2)
Best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline
(1) Translated from the book “A Sabedoria dos Árabes” (“The Arab Wisdom”), Compilation by Ary de Mesquita, Ed. Ediouro/Tecnoprint, RJ, Brazil, 1986, 114 pp., see p. 82.
(2) “The Analects”, Confucius, Dover Publications, New York, copyright 1995, 128 pp., see p. 101 (book XVI, paragraph VIII).
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